University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology
- Type: Museums
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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While the city itself hasn't celebrated a large amount of birthdays, the area on which Vancouver was founded possesses a rich, cultural past. The Museum of Anthropology (part of the University of British Columbia) houses one of the world's most impressive collections of art and artifacts from the Northwest Coast First Nations. In the Great Hall alone, you'll spot ornately decorated canoes, ritual masks, totem poles and other Native American relics. Other areas of the museum display 15th century European pottery, priceless jewelry and local art. You can embark on your own self-guided walk-through of the museum, but recent travelers highly suggest following one of the docents. "Take the tour," one TripAdvisor reviewer insisted. "Every guide adds a little and the review helps to orient one in place and time." Tours are offered an average of three times per day; consult the MOA website for exact times.
Located on the western edge of Point Grey, the Museum of Anthropology is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; on Tuesdays the museum stays open until 9 p.m. Admission for adults costs $16.75 CAD (about $15.35); children ages 6 and younger get in for free. You can save on ticket prices by visiting on Tuesday evenings from 5 to 9 p.m. when admission is just $9 CAD (about $8.25). If you drive here, you'll have to pay an extra $3.50 CAD (about $3.20 USD) per hour for parking. If you prefer to take public transit, you'll have to walk from the UBC bus loop stop to the museum (a distance of a little less than a mile). For more details, consult the MOA's website.
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